Nina in interview for the launch of FM in 2009:
Tell us about your character Jane.
Jane is the producer of the independent radio station. She is a bit of a rock chick and rather flawed, as most characters in this series are. She is flawed in that she thinks she is actually a lot cooler than she really is and she is actually rather shallow as well. Of course, she doesn’t think she is, she thinks she is really deep and interesting.
And tell us about her relationship with Lyndsay and Dom?
She has a sibling-type relationship with Lyndsay and Dom. There’s rivalry and ritual humiliation if possible, but they do have a great fondness for each other - possibly because they have the ability to recognise another fool in each other. Jane runs the show and so she does have to try and keep them in check. However, I think she does have some skills; she gets the job done and is a good producer. She also has to rein the guys in, whether they listen to her or not is another thing.
So what first attracted you to take part in FM?
I get to play a lot of characters that are very straight, rather stiff authority figures. Since I played a teacher, who was a bit up herself, I get a lot of those roles and I love playing them, but it’s great to play Jane who is a lot happier. She smiles a lot and is physically more relaxed. She has a laugh and doesn’t get uptight about anything, and I love playing someone like that. I haven’t played anyone as rumbunctious as this before, at least not in a contemporary form.
Each episode houses a different band or celebrity cameo, did anyone particularly surprise you or did you have any secret favourites?
I was particularly excited to meet Justin Hawkins, as I think he is a bit of a genius and he was a really nice chap, they have all been really nice. I had no idea what he would be like as a guy, it’s just that his performances are so huge. It was really exciting to discover the bands I didn’t know of, but of course all the kids know who they are. And it was very cool meeting The Charlatans, because…well, they are The Charlatans. Somehow we managed to stumble across really nice people, maybe all musicians are like that, but the music and the bands add such an exciting element to each episode. We have the main plot, but then suddenly there is a “live” performance cleverly woven in to the plot. And the bands were so creative with the little studio we had.
So have you ever considered a career in radio?
Possibly, if I were to have my own show I think I would do a Goth show where I mostly played songs my old school friends requested - The Cure, The Pogues. I would play anyone that was of the same era, as long as it wasn’t New Romantic, as that wouldn’t cut it.
Who would be your ideal guests?
David Attenborough, The Pogues and Shane MacGowan - that’s a bit geeky isn’t it, not very cool?
What’s your highlight of the series?
Any part we filmed where it was warm and there weren’t many of those. The scene where I was drunk was pretty fun and then off camera I was serenaded by a drunk man. He started to sing Cyndi Lauper to me and Buffalo Soldier - it was very bizarre.
So what is next for you?
I’m not sure yet. I’ve got something in the pipeline, but I can’t talk about it.